Presidential Palace

São Tomé

It's hard to miss the huge pink presidential palace, which faces the cathedral, but unfortunately it is not open to the public. Two bored guards do a great job of keeping tourists from snapping pictures, when they aren't surfing Facebook. In 2003 the palace was the site of some excitement, when it was seized by the military in a coup attempt. No one was hurt, and the coup was peacefully resolved. Leve leve!

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